A loan of $2,075 helped to buy fixed assets (tables, mirrors, hairdressing chairs, washing stations, etc.).

Ana Carmela's story

Ana, 35 years old, is a mother of two children and lives in a common law marriage with her partner. Approximately 6 years ago, she began her own beauty salon with which she has generated income to sustain the basic needs of the household and to provide education to her children. She came to learn this trade thanks to her mother, who has a beauty salon located in a city on the Caribbean coast. Her first job she had as an independent was with hair straighteners, as an in-home service; but due to family difficulties she had to stop this work, as she didn't have anyone with whom to leave the children to care for them while she worked. For this reason she decided to start a beauty salon in her home. There she provides services and generates economic resources, while caring for her children. Today she needs a loan to invest in the purchase of fixed assets (tables, mirrors, hair dressing chairs, washing stations, etc.). In this way she will be able to improve working conditions and also be able to provide better convenience to her customers, which will increase her income from the services that increase in the Christmas season. Ana wants to continue her trade and making a business that will be prosperous and competitive, so that she can generate reliable and stable income for her family that will give her the opportunity to enjoy a better quality of life and well being at the side of those that she loves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Yamaoka

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